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A 25-year-old male asked:

If a person is having herpes zoster for the first time,can he be infected for second time in his life?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
The infection: can be triggered to potentially become symptomatic again in the future.
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 24 years experience
Shingles recurrence: Once we are infected with VZV - the virus that causes chickenpox and shingles or 'zoster', it is possible to have more than one episode. This is quite rare, because usually an episode of shingles will 'remind' the immune system to keep this virus 'in check' and not let it recur like that. The first episode is bad enough as it is. You can talk to your doc about the zoster vaccine - see an ID doc.
Last updated Jul 15, 2017

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